On September 25, restaurants all over New York City came together to help farmers devastated by Hurricane Irene and the subsequent flooding for Dine Out Irene. For the one-time, city-wide event, ICE created a special benefit cooking class called Dine Out Irene: A Tomato Lovers’ Workshop to support local farmers.
The class was taught by Chef Instructor Sam Kadko (something of a farmer himself) who celebrated local farmers and their produce. Chef Sam operates a small 400-square foot organic market garden in New Jersey where he grows a plethora of different vegetables for two area chefs. For the class, we celebrated the best of late summer with a variety of tomato dishes such as California Panzanella Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup with Arugula Pesto, Bucatini with Tomato-Basil Sauce and Tomato Tarte Tatin. A wonderful menu for a wonderful cause.